by Jennie MATTHEW
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – Donald Trump was combative and in management at his first information convention in months on Wednesday, sticking to his marketing campaign system — boasting of his successes, cracking jokes and slamming media he considers hostile.
Journalists sat elbow to elbow, knee to knee within the crowded marble foyer of Trump Tower, clamoring with query after query 9 days earlier than the Republican is sworn in because the 45th president of the United States.
Branding as “fake” an explosive and unsubstantiated report that claims Moscow holds deeply compromising details about him, Trump picked greater than a dozen journalists to ask questions on matters dominated by Russia, however extending to healthcare, tax cuts and battle of curiosity.
It was classic Trump: the previous actuality star and billionaire tycoon who loves nothing greater than setting straight the document — as he sees it — praising some media shops and laying siege to others.
Through all of it he pitched himself on to his voters, elevating his proper hand or jabbing his proper index finger to hammer dwelling some extent and glossing over particulars at one level as “very complicated stuff.”
It was standing room solely, the foyer again adorned with a blue curtain and 10 US flags, and significantly bigger than the briefing room on the White House the place Trump will face the media post-inauguration.
There had been props and visuals: a desk groaning with stacks of recordsdata over which he waved his arm as proof of the steps he was taking to isolate himself — however not divest — from his firm.
His well dressed grownup youngsters stood to his proper. Key aides corresponding to son-in-law Jared Kushner and Steven Bannon, watched from the left.
A smattering of supporters on the sidelines whooped and applauded when Trump landed notably humorous or biting blows.
His efficiency is a tried and examined system: deny and deflect.
No sooner had he admitted — in a primary — the Russian hacking of US targets forward of the election, than he deflected again to attacking his former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton.
He started courteously and reward for The New York Times and different shops he beforehand criticized, for pushing again towards the unsubstantiated political analysis report claiming that Russia holds compromising details about him.
There was additionally defiance, as he known as the intelligence providers “disgraceful” for permitting “fake” data to be launched to the general public, saying it was “something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”
He assailed a CNN reporter, refusing to take his query, pointing his finger straight on the community’s White House correspondent.
“Quiet,” he snapped on the reporter. “I’m not going to give you a question,” he mentioned. “You’re fake news.”
He trashed BuzzFeed, which printed a replica of the unverified report, as “a failing pile of garbage.” “Another beauty,” he mentioned of the BBC when one among its reporters requested a query.
And on the file itself, he got here out swinging, presenting himself as a clever man properly versed towards potential spying on international lodge rooms, be they in Russia or anyplace else.
“Does anyone really believe that story? I’m also very much of a germophobe by the way. Believe me,” he mentioned to extra laughter — his hygiene obsession stuff of legend — apparently referring to a element within the report about supposed intercourse movies involving prostitutes.
Then there was condescending Trump. “Oh gee, I never heard that before,” he sniped when a reporter pressed him on his tax returns — which he continues to withstand releasing.
Added to the combination was the hyperbole. “I will be the greatest job producer that God ever created,” he mentioned.
Then had been the snippets of Trump vainness corresponding to evaluating his wealth to that of Nelson Rockefeller, vp within the 1970s, and demonstrations of his obvious altruism for the American individuals.
For instance, he claimed to have turned down a $2 million deal final week in Dubai whereas his lawyer revealed that he would funnel funds from international governments to his motels into the US Treasury.
Then there was the “financial loss of millions of dollars” that he and his youngsters had forgone by terminating pending offers on the Trump Organization after successful the election.
Rather than personally current his plans to isolate himself from his Trump Organization, he introduced out Sherri Dillon, companion in Washington legislation agency to take action, as he stood to the aspect.
After a whirling hour of back-and-forth with the press, the top was sudden and abrupt: a joke on the expense of his sons, Donald Jr and Eric, who will run his firm throughout his presidency.
“I hope at the end of eight years I’ll come back and say ‘oh, you did a good job.’ Otherwise I’ll say you’re fired!”